April 4, 2007 Edition

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Sarah Katherine Thacker


Gatlin ~ Gray


Briana Lee Arford Mary F. Dowdy Melvin Dujardin
Lavicia C. Harbison Ozella Hess Linnie May Hill
Mona Logan Winnie A. Nichols Bonnie Sue Pranger
Alice Faye Weston


Sarah Katherine Thacker

Robert and Laura Thacker of Austin announce the birth of a daughter, born March 31, 2007, at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. She weighed five pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Sarah Katherine Thacker.

Grandparents are Danny and Mona Waddell Helms of Conway, formerly of Walnut Ridge, Ruth Ann and Johnny Reed of Little Rock and Steve and Nancy Thacker of Conway. Great-grandparents are Bro. Charles and Hester Helms of Batesville, Geneva Reed, Inez Beaty, Mr. and Mrs. Reece Thacker and Virginia Rook, all of Conway.

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Gatlin ~ Gray

Ronald and Kim Hobbs and Scott Gatlin, all of Paragould, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Gatlin, to Carrington Gray of Walnut Ridge, son of Terry and Kim Hinson of Paragould and Terry and Andi Gray of Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows on April 21 at 3 p.m. at the Southside Community Church in Paragould.

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Briana Lee Arford

Briana Lee Arford, 24, of Newport, died April 1, 2007, at Sedgwick.

Originally from Black Rock, she had lived in Batesville before moving to Newport two years ago. She was valedictorian of the 2001 graduating class of Black Rock High School and was a graduate of Lyon College. She was employed as a seventh grade Advanced Placement teacher at Newport Special School and was a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Austin Drake Arford, of the home; a stepdaughter, Courtney Arford, Jonesboro; her parents, James and Vanessa Gray, Sedgwick, and Carl Davis, Paragould; two brothers, Travis Davis, Sedgwick, and Eric Davis, Paragould; five sisters, Cassie McFerrin, Valdosta, Ga., Shana Gray, Walnut Ridge, Whitney Gray, Sedgwick, Pam Davis, Louisiana, and Dee Smith, McAlister, Okla.; her grandparents, Jim and Linda Funchess, Black Rock, Jerry and Donna Greer, Jonesboro, and Carl Davis Sr., Paragould.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Woods, Blain Bagwell, Hershel Meeks, Heath Davis, Roy Britt, Danny Russell and David Priest. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Hall and George Hall.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Mary F. Dowdy

Mary F. Dowdy, 84, of Hoxie, died April 2, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 16, 1923, at Lake City, she was the daughter of Clarence and Clarice Copeland. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Burley Watkins, on May 13, 1981, whom she married Aug. 23, 1941; her second husband, Carl Dowdy, on March 31, 2004, whom she married June 14, 1984; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three daughters, Edna Copeland, Wood River, Ill., Norma Sue Rouse, Hoxie, and Burline Watkins, Trumann; three sons, William "Butch" Watkins, Walnut Ridge, Dennis Watkins, Elaine, and Burley Watkins, Florida; two stepsons, Mike Dowdy, Michigan, and William Keith Dowdy, Wood River, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Carla Harp, Corning, Evelyn Dowdy, Doniphan, Mo., and Beverly Bland, Texas; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with Bro. Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Melvin George John Dujardin

Melvin George John Dujardin, 70, of Evening Shade, died March 31, 2007, at his home.

Born Aug. 2, 1936, in Black Hawk, S.D., he was a carpenter in the construction business for many years and was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George William Harry and Vida Mae Hughes Dujardin.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Herring Dujardin, formerly of Walnut Ridge; three sons, Anthony Dujardin, Evening Shade, Shawn Dujardin, Longmont, Colo., and Michael Dujardin, Dumont, Md.; three daughters, Brenda Ricketts, Fairfield, Pa., Vareica Maddox, Emmetsburg, Md., and Kimmie Null, Gettysburg, Pa.; two brothers, Richard Dujardin, Ventura, Calif., and Alvin Dujardin, Hertford, N.C.; five sisters, Emily Deere, Hampstead, Md., Jean Powell, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Loraine Astarita, Forest Hill, Md., Joann Johnson, Hertford, N.C., and Dorothy Dujardin, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled. Howard Funeral Home of Melbourne has charge of arrangements.

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Lavicia C. Harbison

Lavicia C. "Lou" Harbison, 86, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 31, 2007, at River Bluff Nursing Home in Rockford.

Born in Senath, Mo., she was the daughter of James and Rose Skipper Parker. She had worked for Roosevelt Junior High School and was retired from National Detroit. She was a member of North Park Church of Christ in Machesney Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lehman C. Harbison; a son, Gary; a sister, Irene Harbison; and five brothers.

Survivors include a son, Winford Harbison, Davis, Ill.; three daughters, Mary Sue Cannon and Sharon Booker, both of Rockford, and Kathy Smith, West Virginia; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at North Park Church of Christ in Machesney Park under the direction of Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd. of Loves Park, Ill. A graveside service is today at 4 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Ozella Hess

Ozella Hess, of Byron, Ill., died March 23, 2007, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Ill.

Born in Sharp County, she was a graduate of Clover Bend School and attended business college in Little Rock.

She moved to Sterling, Ill., in 1950 and was employed by Mid-West Food Service from 1950 to 1954. She moved to Byron in 1955 and she was employed by Kable News in Mt. Morris, Ill., from 1970 until her retirement in 1987.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Atha Ring Massey; two sisters, Lorna and Christine; and three brothers, Duane, Garlin and Harlin.

Survivors include her husband, Harold L. Hess, whom she married Sept. 2, 1953, in Davis, Ill.; two sons, Timothy Hess and wife Janice, Davis Junction, Ill., and Richard Hess and wife Virginia, Stafford, Va.; three daughters, Cheryl Wellington and husband Wes, Oregon, Vicki Marcum, Rockford, and Teresa Stark and husband Barry, Byron; three sisters, Mozella Casper, Rock Falls, Ill., Rozella Pratt, Walnut Ridge, and Carol Radke and husband Jack, Sterling, Ill.; a brother, Franklin Delano Massey, Washington; and 15 grandchildren, Katie Hess, Matthew Hess, Erica Hess, Nicholas Hess, Anna Hess, Jacob Wellington, Lukas Wellington, Blake Wellington, Jeremy Hess, Laya Hess, Mellisa Marcum, Richard Marcum, Joshua Stark, Nathan Stark and Adam Stark.

Funeral was Tuesday, March 27, at 11 a.m. in the United Church of Byron with Rev. Marie Paterik officiating. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery in Lanark, Ill., under the direction of Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.farrellhollandgale.com.

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Linnie May Hill

Linnie May Hill, 103, of Leachville, died April 1, 2007, at Monette Manor Nursing Center.

Born at Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Zack and Amanda Copeland Minton. She had lived in the Leachville area since 1938. She had worked at the Pyett Dime Store for many years and later at Taybor Dry Goods until her retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Star and was a longtime member of the Leachville First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G.W. Hill; four stepsons, Garland Hill, Herbert Hill, Guffrey Hill and Eugene Hill; a stepdaughter, Ruth Shipley; and a brother, Walter Minton.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Nora Hill, La Salle, Colo.; and several grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Rudy Davis officiating. Burial will be in Leachville Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 11:30 a.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at www.howardfuneralservice.com.

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Mona Logan

Mona Logan, 71, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 28, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born at Black Rock, she attended school at Black Rock and Walnut Ridge. She was a retired registered nurse, a homemaker and a Methodist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chalmers and Ramona Ponder Clark.

Survivors include her husband, Laddie Logan; a son, William P. Logan, Houston; and a daughter, Ramona Marie "Mimi" Ferguson, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Chapel with Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Billy Clark, C.L. Clark, Philip Clark, Victor Clark Jr., Terry Clark and Matt Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Sue Dinkens Porter (deceased), Carol Miles Davis, Carolyn Sue Glover Ellington, Levita Lingo and the 1953 graduating class of Walnut Ridge High School.

Memorials may be made to the Greene County Animal Farm, 1261 Greene 739, Paragould, AR 72450 or Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, P.O. Box 1042, Jonesboro, AR 72403.

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Winnie A. Nichols

Winnie A. Nichols, 91, of Ventura, Calif., died March 15, 2007, at her home.

Born July 11, 1915, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Frank and Ara Casper Richey. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Ventura. She was active in the community, working with the FOODShare program for more than 20 years and serving as a Ventura County Fair volunteer worker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Nichols; five brothers, Daniel Richey, William Richey, Orris Richey, Vernon Richey and Otis Richey; and four sisters, Celia Hooten, Evie Davis, Mae Hooten and Ora Davis.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Richardson and husband Thomas, Bakersfield, Calif., and Andrea Trone, Ventura; a sister, Elizabeth Wiggins, Independence, Mo.; a brother, Roy Richey, Sterling, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ventura with Pastor James Ayhars officiating. Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory of Ventura has charge of arrangements.

A local memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14, at the Oak Grove Church in Eaton. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery at Smithville.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Bonnie Sue Pranger

Bonnie Sue Pranger, 52, of Paragould, died March 26, 2007, at her home.

Born Sept. 29, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, she was the activities director at Greene Acres Nursing Home and was a member of Newton Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Sarah Jones; and a sister, Louise Gatlin.

Survivors include her husband, Gaylon Pranger; two daughters, Amy Pranger and Rebecca Pranger, both of the home; four brothers, Carl Jones, Don Jones, Dale Jones and Jimmy Jones, all of Paragould; and two sisters, Jean Jackson, Paragould, and Linda Pelkey, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Linwood Cemetery with Tim Wooldridge and L.R. Smith officiating.

Memorials may be made to Children's Home in Paragould.

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Alice Faye Weston

Alice Faye Weston, 56, of Imboden, died March 30, 2007, at Randolph County Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born in Hickory Ridge, she was a homemaker and a Southern Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, Chester Weston; a son, Wayne Weston and wife Carrie, Jonesboro; her parents, L.B. and Inez Ruth Maynard, Jonesboro; a brother, Steve Maynard, Fisher; two sisters, Virginia Shaffer, Sarasota, Fla., and Lonette Martinez, Lawndale, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Samantha Weston and Colton Waller.

There will be a private family graveside committal at a later date. Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.langfordbookoutfuneralhome.com.

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